Hello again everyone, I hope you all had a safe and happy Holiday season and are ready for a great 2014 here at the Ruskin Moose. The Thanksgiving Dinner was a great success and the food was excellent. A huge thank you goes out to Jr. Governor Craig Kitson and his family for making it happen, The WOTM Christmas Show was once again a big hit and the dinner and entertainment was enjoyed by a packed house. Senior Regent Kim Mullins and her "cast of thousands" put in many hours of rehearsal time to make it happen. Thanks, Kim. As of this writing, the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve festivities haven't happened yet, but I'm sure all who attend won't be disappointed.
As you have probably noticed if you visit the Social Quarters at all, most of our Northern friends are already back in town and enjoying the hospitality and camaraderie of the Lodge. Chicken wing and fish night are enjoying large crowds, the Euchre Club has grown to three afternoons weekly and the daytime activity has shown a marked increase.
By now, I hope most of you have seen and approve of the new stackable chairs the Lodge has purchased to replace the aging folding chairs in both the meeting/dining hall and the Social Quarters. The new chairs are much easier to store and move around when we have a special event. The old chairs have been offered for sale to the membership at $5 each or $20 for five. Those unsold will be donated to other not-for- profit organizations in the area.
The Board of Officers is always looking to improve the appearance and safety aspects of the Lodge, and any positive input or ideas are welcome. One of the next items being considered is the paving of the gravel parking lot. Naturally, this almost certainly won't be undertaken until the business slows down again in the summer season.
This will be the final Newsletter until March at the earliest, so I would like to remind everyone about the April Officer election. The Nominating Committee to elect new Officers will begin meeting in March to come up with a slate of nominees for the April election. If you have the time to devote, and the inclination to become more involved at the Lodge, please consider submitting your name to the Committee. Any member in good standing is eligible to be considered. and your participation will be appreciated.
Fraternally, Bob Conti,